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Proposal Number: 0412023
Proposal Title: Handheld Lobster Eye X-Ray Inspection Device
Topic Number: H-SB04.1-007
Phase: Phase II
Topic Title: Ship Compartment Inspection Device
Organization: Physical Optics Corporation
Address: 1845 West 205th Street
Torrance, CA 90501-1510  
Abstract: To address the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) boarding teams' need for a safe and noninvasive handheld inspection instrument that can accurately analyze and visualize materials aboard ships hidden from view behind walls, Physical Optics Corporation (POC) proposes to develop a safe, compact, handheld Lobster Eye X-ray Inspection Device (LEXID) capable of through-the-wall real-time imaging of hidden objects. LEXID is based on POC's hard X-ray imaging technology, and will efficiently collect hard X-ray Compton backscattering photons from a hidden object irradiated by a full cone beam from a low-power X-ray source. The lightweight handheld LEXID can be used aboard small ships without danger to personnel, at an irradiation dose <10 microsievert per hour of continuous inspection. In Phase I POC experimentally proved the LEXID concept by fabricating a bench-top prototype and demonstrating its performance. In Phase II a handheld working prototype will be designed, assembled, and tested in the laboratory and at USCG testing facilities. The prototype will be robust in marine environments, will penetrate 75 mil metal walls while drawing just 10 W of battery power, and will deliver real-time through-the-wall imaging of illegal cargo with resolution better than 1 mm and an SNR>30. POC`s LEXID technology will find many applications in noninvasive container inspection for security screening in airports and at marine terminals and border checkpoints, and for nondestructive evaluation of product quality by X-ray screening. LEXID will also have a variety of military applications, including through-wall observation of hidden compartments, and mine and bomb detection.
Award/Contract Number: NBCHC050054
Period of Performance: 04/25/2005 - 04/24/2007
Award/Contract Value: $750,000.00
Award/Obligated Amount: $750,000.00